all over (one's) face

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all over (one's) face

1. Covering several spots or most of one's face. He's got paint all over his face, so he must have been in the studio today. My toddler loves eating, even though most food ends up all over her face, instead of in her mouth. I'm sure I looked as hideous by that point, with my makeup smeared all over the place and my hair a total mess.
2. Said of a facial expression that reveals one's true thoughts or feelings. I know you're guilty—it's all over your face! Hannah said she wasn't upset, but her sadness was all over her face. You can deny it all you want, but I know this is a really hard situation to be in—the pain of it is all over your face.
See also: all, face, over
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